The Qolsys IQ Hub is a budget-friendly system. It has a 7" touchscreen and a robust speaker. Power is provided through a barrel jack and it has a user-replaceable battery. It supports DSC 433 MHz sensors, has built-in WIFI and Bluetooth capability, Verizon LTE, and Z-Wave Plus.
The Qolsys IQ Hub has many sought-after security features with an easy-to-use User Interface (UI). Operating much like a tablet, you can swipe between screens to navigate from the arming/disarming screen to the various home automation screens. As a budget-friendly system, there are a few things available on the IQ Panel 2 Plus and IQ Panel 4 that are not offered on the Qolsys IQ Hub. These are a panel camera, support for 2-way voice, and hardwired zone inputs. The absence of these features helps Qolsys keep the price of the Qolsys IQ Hub budget-friendly.
Unlike the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus and the IQ Panel 4, the IQ Hub will only support one (1) frequency for RF security sensors. Where the IQ Panel 2 Plus and IQ Panel 4 support PowerG in addition to a legacy RF frequency such as Honeywell/2GIG 345 MHz, Interlogix/Qolsys 319.5 MHz, or DSC 433 MHz. The Qolsys IQ Hub only supports one (1) of these frequencies. There are other "flavors" available including PowerG, Interlogix/GE and Qolsys, or Honeywell/2GIG, if you require one of those frequencies instead of this DSC 433 MHz version. The main takeaway here is that each Qolsys IQ Hub will support only one (1) frequency.
Support for the DSC legacy sensor lineup means the Qolsys IQ Hub is ideal for replacing an older one of these panels. Replacing the panel will provide updated features, such as support for Z-Wave home automation, and access to the Alarm.com automation and notification platform, without requiring a user to replace every wireless sensor they have. This makes updating to a new, modern alarm system easy and affordable. One thing to note is that this IQ Hub will not support the DSC PowerG sensors.
Qolsys will offer the IQ Hub in options of Interlogix & GE/Qolsys 319.5 MHz, Honeywell / 2GIG 345 MHz, or DSC PowerG 915 MHz. This allows a user to replace an older system that still has working RF sensors. Adding all the great features of the Qolsys IQ Hub, while supporting all the wireless sensors that are still installed and working. In the past a user with wireless sensors installed had to either update to a newer panel from the same manufacturer, whether they liked the panel or not, or they had to replace every wireless sensor they had with a new version supported by the new panel. Even if the existing sensor still worked perfectly. Those days are now gone forever.
With the barrel connector providing power, and the end-user replaceable battery, the IQ Hub is perfect for DIYers. Between these two features and the fact that the panel doesn't have any available hardwired zone inputs, a user or installer need never actually open the panel up. This prevents possible mishaps with wiring, and ensures that the panel front and back stay securely closed.